While UT-Battelle searches for a new director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, it has appointed former chief operating officer Jeff Smith to serve as interim lab director.
Smith retired in April 2021. He had been ORNLâ€™s chief operating officer when UT-Battelle began managing ORNL for the U.S. Department of Energy in 2000, and he served in the position until his retirement.
To help find the next lab director, UT-Battelle has hired executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates.
The company will help find a successor to Thomas Zacharia, who retired at the end of 2022 after a 35-year career at ORNL, including five years as director.[Read more…]